KAC Interview: Elizabeth Atterbury

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Portland based artist Elizabeth Atterbury talks art, inspiration, and the transition of being a new mother with KAC in our latest Interview Interview. 


Elizabeth Atterbury, "Happy Sunny Jade" 2016, installation view


Elizabeth Atterbury, "Relief (Studio Taupe)," 2015, MDF, paint

KAC STUDIO VISIT: MYKE VENABLE

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Myke Venable's work investigates the infinite potential and purity in shape indicating a visual representation of his own paired-down universe. From detailed sketches in an open notebook on the worktable to mathematical drawings tacked to the wall, Venable's studio is a perfect diagram of his working and theoretical process. During our visit, KAC viewed Venable's newest body of work and saw how his paintings have evolved into what they are today. 


Door to Myke Venable's studio space

While teaching at The Art League in Houston, Venable rediscovered his love of drawing. He has since dedicated one of the largest walls in his small studio to colorful geometric explorations, mapping out on paper his ongoing study of the complex relationship between shape and color. While he views his drawings as independent works, they also serve as inspiration for shaping his large canvas and panel paintings. 


Venable with his geometric studies on paper

The drawings come to life on wood panels covered with pristine layers of acrylic paint squeezed straight from the tube. Mixing colors, he explains, would complicate his process of instinctually matching color and shape. Venable then focuses on creating thought provoking relationships through the particular arrangement of each element on the wall.

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Cluster of Venable's paintings in his studio

Venable’s newest paintings cleverly juxtapose not quite symmetrical shapes with slightly irregular placements and parings. Tension builds within the negative space between the paintings as they barely touch, leaving the viewer to question whether the forms are merging together, floating apart or statically coexisting. Every combination creates a new dynamic that alters the energy of the cluster itself, therefore impacting the space in which it resides. 


Detail of Venable's clusters

Looking ahead, Myke seeks to push boundaries of depth, scale and color. Myke Venable is represented in Houston by Gallery Sonja Roesch where his next exhibition opens on January 21, 2017.

KAC STUDIO VISIT: LIBBIE MASTERSON

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Hidden at the end of a beautiful lot densely populated by lush Houston greenery, Libbie Masterson's studio feels like her own personal oasis. The high ceilings and large windows yield a flood of soft natural light ideal for viewing her vast array of work including photographs, paintings, watercolors, glass mosaics and even stage set maquettes.


Outside of Masterson's studio 

Masterson's lively persona is a striking counterpart to her tranquil, contemplative work. Our studio visit began with a look at her new glass mosaics, an extended exploration of her large-scale installation at the Houston Hobby Airport. These works are heavily influenced not only by Masterson's affinity for nature, but also music. Masterson shared her life-long fantasy of composing a symphony, and explained to KAC how she incorporates this hidden passion into her work by listening to songs on repeat and allowing the music to dictate the emotional direction of each mosaic.  


KAC in Masterson's studio


Close up of Masterson's glass mosaics 

The imaginative glass compositions provide a splash of color to Masterson's otherwise monochromatic studio, filled with icy landscape photographs of deep grays, blues, and whites. These mesmerizing and meditative photos are back-lit and displayed as illuminated light boxes. Masterson walked us through the rewarding process of working with the light boxes, and calculating the perfect hue and strength of light to properly enhance the imagery without overpowering it. 


Masterson's light box photographs 

Masterson’s dream project: set design for an entire opera! Her infinite sources of inspiration and matching talent pose a promising future of endless possibilities and exploration. Be sure to attend her upcoming exhibition, opening September 10th 2016 at Catherine Couturier Gallery, who represents Masterson in Houston. 


Masterson's glass mosaic work station

KAC Studio Visit with Sharon Engelstein

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 2:35 PM

On our latest studio visit, KAC got an inside look at Sharon Engelstein's eclectic studio, settled in the core of Houston's Museum District. Engelstein's studio is a breath of creative fresh air, fully equipped with a professional-grade kiln, her collection of colorful children's toys and all other essential elements to her creative process.

 
Sharon Engelstein's kiln 


Engelstein's "Dillidiidae" at Hermann Park 

Engelstein is commonly known for her sculpture “Dillidiidae” that is currently on view in Hermann Park. This exuberant piece has served the community as a public art landmark for the past two years. Her imaginative and anthropomorphic forms range in scale, material, and purpose, and KAC was eager to see what's currently cooking in her studio. 


Ceramic sculptures, "Feel Fine I" and "Feel Fine II" 

Upon expressing our curiosity, Engelstein proudly revealed her growing collection of small organic clay sculptures. While staying true to her barnacle-like forms, she has temporarily stepped away from her meticulous planning process that traditionally plays a significant role in her work. This shift encourages Engelstein to work more intimately within her studio, allowing her sculptures to evolve into their own individual identities.


Adrienne taking a closer look at one of Engelstein's 3-D printed works

We can expect to see great things from Engelstein, who says her best work has yet to come. Sharon is represented in Houston by Devin Borden Gallery and will have her next exhibition in 2017. 

 
Engelstein's work in progress clay sculpture

KAC INTERVIEW: MICHELLE WHITE

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 10:28 AM

KAC asked Curator of The Menil Collection, Michelle White for an inside look into her daily life and points of inspiration. See what this Houston art community power house has to say. 


Inside of The Menil Collection

 

Welcome to the block, Capsule Gallery!

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:23 AM

KAC got an exclusive look at our newest neighbor, Capsule Gallery. True to it's name, the tucked away space on Main Street is quaint yet open and full of fresh and innovative ideas. 


KAC discussing Fibers of Design with director of Capsule Gallery, Sarah Sudhoff, and gallery assistant, Taylor Cox

We had the pleasure of chatting with Capsule's owner and director, Sarah Sudhoff.  Sarah's dynamic background reflects the gallery's whimsical and refined array of works. The innovative progarm combines contemporary photography and craft, representing emerging to established artists. 


Ouray , Meghan Bogden Shimek in Fibers of Design  

Capsule Gallery kicked off the summer with exhibition, Fibers of Design, featuring three craft artists, Amada Miller, Meghan Shimek, and Delaney Smith, who work in various textured mediums.


Signatures #17, Delaney Smith in Fibers of Design


Untitled, Amada Miller in Fibers of Design


Knebix, Delaney Smith in Fibers of Design

KAC Interview: Michael Kennaugh

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Texas based artist, Michael Kennaugh, talks art with KAC. In this exclusive interview Kennaugh describes his experience in the growing Houston art scene and the colorful inspiration behind his process. He also reveals a glimpse into his forthcoming body of work.


Michael Kennaugh, artist


Micahel Kennaugh at Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas 

KAC Interview: Rainey Knudson on Glasstire's OFF ROAD Event

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:53 AM

KAC got together with Rainey Knudson for an exclusive interview discussing the forthcoming April 30th OFF ROAD event with William Wegman. Here is what Founder and Publisher of the Texas arts online magazine, Glasstire, has to say. 


William Wegman, speaker at OFF ROAD 2016

Dallas Art Fair 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:40 PM


John McAllister
 at Carl Freedman Gallery in London, England

KAC is on the road to the Dallas Art Fair. We hit the ground running Thursday morning to be among the first to preview the fair. We are excited that the fair is getting stronger with the addition of new dealers, such as Carl Freedman, London, and Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York. We have also connected with our old friends: Wendi Norris, San Francisco, Lisa Cooley, New York, Bitforms, New York, and Tally Dunn, Dallas. 


Julie Kinzelman & Robert Diamond, Director of Carl Freedman Gallery, discussing John McAllister's celestial sometimes2014 


Billy Childishalaska fur packer, 2015 at Carl Freedman Gallery in London, England 


Janet FishFive Tall Glasses, One Dawn Morning, 1975 at DC Moore Gallery in New York 


Alice ChannerSoft Shell Series, 2013 at Lisa Cooley Gallery in New York 


Will YackulicUntil the End, My Dear and Module 2.2 (Sculpture), 2014-16 at Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, California


Tyson Reeder, Blue Store2015 featured in the booth for CANADA, New York


Elisabeth Kley featured in the booth for CANADA in New York


Helen Rebekah GarberCrowley Heads, 2015 at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, California 


Adrienne cleverly matching with Jay Shinn's Flat Prism, 2016 at Louise Alexander Gallery in Sardinia, Italy

Resurgence of Casey Williams

Monday, April 11, 2016 at 9:38 AM


Casey WilliamsUntitled, c.2012, acrylic on archival inkjet print. Exhibited at Art Palace Gallery. 
Casey WilliamsUntitled (detail), c.2012, acrylic on archival inkjet print. Exhibited at Art Palace Gallery. 

As a long time friend of Casey Williams we were delighted when Art Palace put on an exquisite show of never before seen works by Williams. In conjunction with Fotofest Biennial 2016, a discussion panel revolving around Williams' final works was organized by his wife, Jo Ann, studio assistant, Nick Merriweather, and the owner of Texas Gallery, Frederika Hunter. The dialogue between the three was a culmination of reminisicing over Williams' work style, the meaning behind his final series, and the lasting mark he has made on the Houston art scene. 


Casey Wiliams, Studies of 4 x 4 foot photographs 

For Williams, expirimentaiton across all mediums and ideas is what led to his final series being known as the "painted-ons", where Williams would brush paint across his photographic images. Williams did not personally speak much about his art. However through Williams' life, it is indisputable of his love for the Houston ship channel and the influence it made on his work. Williams was particularly interested in the way a ship would float toward the surface as goods were unloaded, decreasing the ship's weight. The lower portion of the ship would then be repainted by the crewmen. The action of repainting is symbolic of Williams' paint strokes atop his own images. Many of the strokes are colors of blues and silvers, further symbolizing the shimmer and reflection of water and possibly an ode to his earlier silkscreen works, as well as becoming a meditative process for Williams. 


Book compiled of photography by Casey Wiliams 

Casey Williams noticed details that many would naturally overlook. He forced the viewer to go somewhere they would normally bypass, giving a new perspective to the world. Williams was a master at opening up our eyes to beauty. 


Casey WilliamsUntitled, c. 2012, acrylic on archival inkjet print on satin. Exhibited at Art Palace Gallery. 
Casey WilliamsUntitled & Untitled, c. 2012, acrylic on archivsl inkject print. Exhibited at Art Palace Gallery. 

James Surls Speaks “Nature’s Language”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:26 PM


James Surls and Adrienne Johnson

James Surls flourishes in Houston! We were excited to have the opportunity to work with this Texas art icon on his site-specific suspended work that measures an impressive 14’ x 25’ x 19”. Surls’ Nature’s Language resides in and enhances a corporate lobby in the Woodlands. 


TYart Art Handling expertly installing the sculpture